Lacoste has its alligator, Ralph Lauren a polo pony and for Rodd & Gunn, the latest menswear brand to land on Greenwich Avenue, pieces are marked with an English pointer, the label’s official mascot. (Gunner, a real life version, made an appearance at the store’s opening night party). The new location is part of a larger U.S. expansion for the New Zealand-based company, in hopes of sharing its fresh take on men’s apparel and accessories.
“We’re trying to be thoughtful about where we open in the U.S. and find communities with a strong sense of identity that we think will embrace our New Zealand sensibilities,” says Mike Beagley, CEO. “Greenwich is not just picturesque but has a sense of style and presence, and we were immediately drawn to that. We hope to appeal to Greenwich men who appreciate a smart-casual approach to style that’s relaxed but still very much put together.”
Look for a mix of wearable and weatherproof updates on classics, inspired by native coastlines but made for city living. Rich Italian fabrics, high-quality knits and bespoke leather luggage also mark the offerings, all in a modern lodge setting that speaks to the larger sophisticated yet rustic aesthetic.
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Above: New Bonheur and Sartorial collections from Zinc Textile
It’s time to rethink the man cave. When it comes to masculine design, go beyond the basement and bring timeless and tailored pieces into your living space. Suit yourself with the tonal shades inspired by Michael Kors Collection and mix in sophisticated menswear prints like pinstripes and herringbone.
Splurge owner Sonia Malloy knows that girls just want to have fun. With her recent 1,000-square-foot expansion, Sonia has tapped into growing her gift offerings for the seven to sixteen set with clothing, accessories and bedroom essentials. The mix is a tween dream come to life, all neon brights, glitter accents and emoji everything. In selecting the apparel for the store, Sonia considered both parents and her potential customers. “The key is finding lines that are cool, fashion-forward and appealing to girls,” she says, “but are also appealing to moms who want to ensure that the choices are age-appropriate.”
Beyond bringing new shoppers into Splurge, Sonia is rolling out a series of programs with the aim of sharing what she’s learned as a woman running a small business. With a “mintership” (mentor/intern), girls aged ten to fourteen will have the opportunity to work at Splurge to learn about the day-to-day operations. Brand ambassadors will be chosen and provide feedback and ideas about products and marketing. This group will also weigh in on social media efforts, where Sonia plans to include customers modeling the latest looks that will be coming through the store. She’s hoping these efforts will get the local community involved and inspire confidence and excitement in her young shoppers.
As for the existing space, Sonia will be broadening her offerings of personalized gifts. A range of monogrammed pieces will be available in-store alongside items that can be customized while you wait. “Worth the Wait” refers to orders that will be sent out and can be picked up at a later date.
With holidays approaching and Splurge’s own tenth birthday coming in December, Sonia looks forward to a season of celebration, and plenty of occasions to shop.
Henry’s is the latest passion project from Greenwich local Peter Dooney, who established early handbag fame with Dooney & Bourke. For his new venture, Dooney has created a line of leather goods for the modern woman but maintains his focus on classic design and use of luxurious materials, even adding a sneaker in Henry’s custom colors. While the leathers come from France, hardware from Italy and zippers from Switzerland, Dooney has continued to partner with a factory in Norwalk; a testament to his commitment to craftsmanship and preserving the legacy of leatherworking. And with fourteen styles and a range of eight colors, it’s worth a visit to find the bag that’s best for you.
World travelers will recognize the MARC CAIN label, a contemporary women’s brand with an impressive global reach across sixty-one countries. For its expansion into the American market, the German-based company has opened in The Westchester, adding another luxury retailer to the mall’s already impressive directory. The powerhouse line, which produces multiple seasonal collections, handbags, shoes and accessories, sells a lifestyle—not just clothes—and appeals to women looking to stock their closets with everything from workout gear and everyday pieces to high-fashion separates and formal evening wear. And with so much to choose from, customers soon learn what sets Marc Cain apart: the best in European design and craftsmanship, produced in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, with fabric sourced almost exclusively from Italy.
For fall, expect a range of prints (polka dots, leopard spots), injections of bright color (cherry red, pumpkin orange) amongst the tonal black, gray and cream palette, bold fur accessories and chic outerwear. Ballet-inspired looks also dominate the collection, with tulle skirts paired with wrap sweaters or—for the more playful—leather jackets. Marc Cain takes quality and production seriously, but it also knows how to have fun. marc-cain.com
Ali MacGraw—movie star, American style icon—is laying out a trash bag for me to sit on. In an effort to find a more intimate spot to chat, she’s insisted that we take our conversation outside and briefly escape the buzz of women who’ve come to Charlotte Barnes Studio in Greenwich to see Ali’s collection for Ibu and meet the screen legend herself. “I’m worried about your white skirt,” she says, as we get settled on the back steps behind the building, and before I know it, she’s laying out the plastic sheeting as if it were a picnic blanket. I’m immediately enchanted. I assume everyone who meets Ali has the same reaction. She’s magnetic, instantly warm and familiar, interested and passionate. It’s with this enthusiasm that she tells me how she found herself here, at seventy-eight, as a designer and ambassador for Ibu.
Ibu, the Indonesian word for woman of respect, was founded by Susan Hull Walker in 2013. A world traveler with a background in textiles, Susan started the company as a way to share her discoveries while empowering the women who create and produce them through cooperatives. A range of handmade clothing, accessories, jewelry and home goods are sourced from female artisans representing thirty-four countries. Susan connected with Ali after years of seeing each other at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, where Ali now lives. They bonded quickly over their shared aesthetic and a friendship followed.
Ali easily accepted the invitation to become a brand ambassador for Ibu, but a chance to design a collection was something she hadn’t considered. She agreed, knowing her early career in fashion (as a stylist and photographer’s assistant) would help her translate her own style into the pieces that make up the collection. Most important, she’d have the opportunity to support a global network of women. “It’s not a career move,” she says. “It’s something I’ve always loved more than anything. My parents were artists. Most of what interests me is what I look at, and I believe in what [Susan]’s doing.”
An African multi-strand blue beaded necklace became the jumping off point for the palette. Paired with white and pops of orange on embroidered cottons and lightweight silks, the breezy summer capsule includes eighty-five designs that reflect Ali’s bohemian style, while invoking the history of the artists. “I love that not only did someone make this, but generations of people have probably worn it.
“There’s nothing there I wouldn’t wear,” she says, showing off her own look: hand-dyed indigo pants and a crisp white shirt, topped with a brightly colored coiled necklace in the signature ali4ibu colors. She’s the picture of effortless elegance with a bare face and hair pulled back, so it’s easy to see how Ali MacGraw landed her current role: model, muse and creative force driving Ibu’s vision. ibumovement.com
BRIGHT IDEAS MORE IS MORE WHEN IT COMES TO IBU ACCESSORIES
Recycled LPs are melted down into tiny discs and strung together to create these necklace strands. In a pile of tangerine layers, they make a serious statement. $95
Fiesta earrings with cascading, cheery tassels in warm citrus shades add a playful punch. $35
CLUTCH & GO
The Mola Sasa clutch refers to the bright geometric textiles—called molas—that have been hand-stitched for centuries by coastal Panamanian women. $395
Handcrafted from the caña flecha cane plant, this power cuff is an Ibu signature piece. Wear two and create your own Wonder Woman moment. $20
Fans of British style who fancy themselves more Kate Middleton than Kate Moss will be delighted to explore HOBBS LONDON, the latest U.K. export to Greenwich Avenue. The Duchess of Cambridge is often seen wearing the heritage label, which began in Hampstead with shoes and has since expanded to include contemporary clothing and accessories marked by expert tailoring, luxurious fabrics and classic silhouettes. In choosing this location for its stateside flagship, Hobbs U.S. president Jim Walters focused on Greenwich as a town that speaks to Hobbs’ “core DNA” and that is “home to women who are influencers in both home and work.” Transitional pieces are stocked throughout the store; floral print dresses and sophisticated separates that pair well with a colorful selection of outerwear or one of the brand’s signature trench coats. Guests at upcoming weddings (royal or otherwise) will have access to the exclusive By Invitation and Palace Collections, the latter featuring gowns created in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces.
In transforming the space, storied antiques and décor were carefully chosen from all over the United Kingdom, including a tabletop antique jewelry cabinet from the ’20s and a carved plaster and oak mirror rescued from a Welsh estate. And of course, silver tea trays and teapots are scattered throughout, because what’s more British than that?
Above: The space sets a warm and welcome tone with a modern mix of bronze and copper finishes.
Under the glittering lights of chandeliers that resemble giant bangles, Greenwich shoppers are welcomed into the latest boutique shopping destination from Saks Fifth Avenue. The Vault, which houses a stunning selection of fine jewelry, follows Saks’ recent expansion along Greenwich Avenue with contemporary fashion at The Collective and a dedicated shoe salon at 10022-SHOE. The main store will get its own renovation, with plans of completion in 2018. All four locations, which make up The Saks Shops in Greenwich, aim to provide a unique shopping experience with their focused curation of products in a more intimate setting. As Marc Metrick, president of Saks Fifth Avenue, put it, “We’re no longer in the department store business, we’re in the specialty store business.”
INSIDE THE VAULT
The dramatic 6,000-square-foot space houses an impressive roster of luxury brands, ranging from colorful gemstones in classic settings by Robert Procop to Aurélie Bidermann’s whimsical creations. Bidermann, along with Anita Ko, Nikos Koulis, Dena Kemp and Repossi are among the list of designers exclusive to Greenwich. Beyond the center cases, offerings from Chopard, Bulgari and Graff are displayed in their own distinct spaces that line the perimeter of the store. With two private viewing rooms, customers will have the chance to get a closer look at some of The Vault’s rare and specialty pieces. De Grisogono’s $2,571,500 diamond ear cuffs top the list, and with a limited-time appearance, they’re the perfect excuse to plan your visit soon.
Educational travel isn’t just for the backpack-carrying, school-bus-riding set. The Ocean House Management Collection of luxury hotels has an eclectic group of experts—a naturalist, art curator and food forager—who are ready to ensure you leave your vacation with a little esoteric knowledge. Do you fancy mastering the art of braising? Perhaps you’ve been keen to add to your art collection or try your hand at true nature-to-table cuisine. You’re in luck. The educators are available to guests staying at any four of the OHM Collection properties: Ocean House (Watch Hill), Spicer Mansion (Mystic), Weekapaug Inn and Watch Hill Inn.
Individually, they are educators, but together they make a powerful team and can pair up to create unique programs that play off of one another’s talents and expertise. For example, the food forager and naturalist can teach a culinary lesson based on local wildlife and produce. The art curator and food forager can create a class focusing on “the art of plating,” a hot new trend in the culinary realm. To customize a program during your stay, call 855-678-0364, or to check out preset programs visit oceanhouseevents.com.
1 HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS
Ocean House owners Chuck and Deborah Royce have taken their commitment to art to the next level with the appointment of a resident curator who heads up a variety of immersive art experiences. Ocean House claims the largest privately owned collection of Ludwig Bemelmans, most well-known for his Madeline picture books. The collection includes the original Goodbye to the Ritz, which was commissioned by Town & Country to commemorate the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York when it was demolished in 1951. Additionally, the hotel is home to a rotating collection from local galleries. Curator Jeanne Potter is on hand to help guests learn more about the hotel’s extensive assemblage of art, add to their own collection or join one of the series of classes.
2 GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY Mark Bullinger is the resident naturalist based at the Weekapaug Inn but can enrich a stay at any of the Ocean House Collection properties. Mark grew up in the Weekapaug community, digging clams and catching crabs in the local waters. He leads organized activities and is on hand to create customized experiences. The complimentary seasonal daily classes include guided beach walks, kayak paddles, fly-fishing workshops and more.
3 SOMEONE’S IN THE KITCHEN WITH… Paul McComiskey is both food forager (that’s an actual title and skill) and director of culinary education. Paul has created relationships with local purveyors, seeking out the freshest local flavors, and teaches his food and cooking philosophies in the resort’s new Center for Wine & Culinary Arts. Guests can join classes such as Vine to Wine and Culinary Boot Camp, or Paul can be commissioned for a private experience.
Above: Fashionable selections from the store’s French exhibition.
Over the span of Lisa Lori’s long career in PR, she has been fortunate enough to work with a variety of prominent brands in industries ranging from retail to beauty and fragrance. But all the while, she dreamed of opening her own store. In bringing her passion project to life with the brand new Perfect Provenance, Lisa focused on creating an inclusive and intimate concept store, complete with treasures collected by a team with years of travel and scouting expertise.
A combined art gallery, café and boutique filled with carefully selected apparel, design finds and home goods all coexist in a space that encourages customers to discover global products and find inspiration in the museum-like setting. A smaller selection of artisan collections offers an in-store alternative to the dizzying cycle of fast fashion and online shopping.
The art and merchandise will reflect a single theme, with four to five planned exhibitions per year. For her debut showcase, Lisa looked to France with We’ll Always Have Paris. Fashion and accessories from designers like Vanessa Bruno, Perrin Paris and Robert Clergerie will be stocked alongside vintage posters, while a French menu will be ready for those looking to stay for a bite. Throughout the year custom pieces designed for The Smile Collection will also be available, with a portion of profits donated to Operation Smile.
In executing her vision of this old-fashioned business approach, Lisa has found the ideal location in the 1912 Victorian home she’s worked to restore to its original glory. The transformed interior sets a welcoming tone for The Perfect Provenance: a traditional brick-and-mortar space with a fresh atmosphere. 47 Arch Street, 203-900-1131; theperfectprovenance.com
Portrait by William Taufic; Interiors by Venera Alexandrova
With Beastly Threads, Torrey Shawe has created a company that gives back
Many people say they aim to leave the world a better place, but for Riverside native Torrey (Strohmeier) Shawe, it’s the focus of her textiles line. Inspired by the one-for-one model, Shawe developed a collection of scarves called Beastly Threads with the aim of donating a significant portion of profits to habitat and wildlife preservation efforts. Each piece is a boldly colored work of wearable art, perfect for anyone looking to make a stylish purchase with meaningful purpose. Scarves start at $75. Enter code GMROCKS for 20 percent discount. beastlythreads.com
Camp essentials and stylish finds for the whole family at Lester’s
The last thing you want to do on a gorgeous sunny day is schlep to the mall to update your kids’ gear for the warm weather. Enter Lester’s with a stock of contemporary clothing from all your favorite designer brands for the younger set. Well-trained staffers can assist with everything from pulling the latest boho styles for your teen to selecting the best summer sneakers for your first grader. A true one-stop-shop, it’s also the destination to get your camper bunk-ready. With a trunk full of overnight basics and new wardrobe to match, you’ll be sending them off in style. 18 Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook, 914-908-5688; lesters.com
BATHING BEAUTIES ERES looks to the silver screen for its latest capsule collection
As the original Bond girl, actress Ursula Andress and her bikini-clad debut in Dr. No created an iconic swimwear moment. With designs inspired by her suit, the French label has released a collection of styles in one- and two-piece varieties that feature the film’s buckle detail in classic ERES silhouettes. The capsule will be available in ERES stores this summer, just in time for you to channel your inner Bond girl at the beach. Suits starting at $175. 372 Greenwich Avenue, 203-340-9500; eres.fr
Thomas Dean, the namesake line run by Greenwich resident Tom Bonomo and fellow industry veteran Dean Holly, continues to win fans with its approach to menswear: classic styling in a variety of colors and prints. What started with sport shirts has expanded to include pants, sweaters, shoes, blazers, swimwear, outerwear, and for the gentlemen-in-training, a line for boys. We asked Bonomo about the world of men’s fashion, future plans for the company and how life in Greenwich influences his work.
Q Tell us how you got started. A My parents owned a men’s clothing store in Oregon, so I “grew up” in this business. I was always attracted to the men’s clothing sold in Europe, especially shirts. I thought, Why can’t I bring that style and quality to the U.S. and create a shirt line that’s stylish and at a price that men would buy in multiples [shirts start at $125]? In 2003, my now business partner Dean Holly had just left Nordstrom and we set out to launch our own line. We launched in January 2004 with Nordstrom as our biggest chain, selling us right out of the gate. Today we sell through big department stores and over 400 specialty stores around the country.
What sets your brand apart?
There are really two things that set us apart. The first is value. When I say value, I don’t mean cheap. Value to us means making a product that is of high integrity at a very comfortable price.
The second is design. A lot of our inspiration comes from Europe. We take that aesthetic and merchandise it into a product for the American market.
How has men’s fashion changed?
Men—of all ages and styles—are now, more then ever, really into fashion.
Guys care and invest more time in the clothes they wear.
What staples should every man have in his closet?
A real sportswear blazer [not a suit jacket or the navy blazer you wear to the office], a gingham shirt, a pair of five-pocket pants, and a pair of brown suede shoes.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
That we’ve been able to build a solid company and create jobs. Also, our industry is extremely competitive, and the fact that I can walk into a store and see Thomas Dean amongst so many other brands makes me proud of what we are doing.
How does living in Greenwich inspire your designs?
Greenwich has a great IQ in terms of fashion. Men know how to dress and we have incredible downtown shopping. A few years back, we named one of our labels after a Greenwich street [Loch Lane].
Russell Wilson [of the Seattle Seahawks]approached us about doing a collection together. Last February we launched a brand with him called the Goodman Brand [Bonomo is Italian for ‘good man’]. It reaches a more contemporary customer with more modern styling and fits. thomasdean.com
What looks better against tropical-blue water than a pop of vibrant color? Absolutely nothing, and that’s why we love the bright choices layered in this bold, backless maxi dress with cross-front halter tie in Solstice from Mara Hoffman; $298. @everythingbutwater
Make a Mesh
Remember the old rule of one dominant feature? Whatever, because this swimsuit not only comes in a super-juicy nectarine color, it also boasts daring cut outs at the waist and shoulder by Seafolly: Mesh About ($192). Mesh is a hot collection now. @everythingbutwater
Maui Boho — Letarte
The palm-print top from Letarte is for beach-lovers who love a splash of color. This cover-up works just as well for dipping a toe in the ocean as it does strolling up to a beachside bar hut; Sea Palm Top ($388). @letarteswimwear
Sometimes life is a little more exotic when you take the off-the-beaten path to a gorgeous white beach. Prepare with the new Letarte cross top. Choose from this and other print and top options. @letarteswimwear
Bali Tradition — Roberta Roller Rabbit
The new Bali Collection at Robert Roller Rabbit forecasts a sophisticated spring. The new Casa Kurta Kera Layer features traditional Aari embroidery with woven metallic thread in a Moroccan print around the neck and cuffs; seen here in Indigo Rose ($135). @robertarollerrabbit
While this shot is from an all-too-familiar NYC (especially when we are daydreaming of views of the Indian Ocean), these shoulder-skimming Big Tassel Earrings ($25) are exotic enough to transport us far from home in a flash. They are hand made abroad with rayon and mixed metals. @robertarollerrabbit
Baja Free-Spirits — Calypso St. Barth
The great thing about this colorful Liridia Embroidered Cover-up ($495), aside from being crisp and fun, is that it works both poolside and in town to ensure you are turning heads with your sunny attitude. @calypsostbarth
OK, a hand-dyed crochet bikini was made for women who like sand between their toes. Anna Kosturova Crochet Sting Bikini Top ($90) and Shortkini ($100) looking very much at home along any hot and breezy coastline. @calypsostbarth
Growing up in Greenwich, Mareill Kiernan and Andrew Lorig learned the value of giving back. As the marketing director and managing partner (respectively) at Honeydrop, a new line of cold-pressed juices sweetened with raw local and Manuka honey, they’ve chosen to be part of a company with an important social cause. With the charity initiative, Buy A Bottle—Save A Bee, Honeydrop aims to combat Colony Collapse Disorder by supporting local beekeepers with a donation from a percentage of proceeds. The funds are used to build new hives and run educational and community programs.
The refreshing drinks come in six flavors and are currently on shelves at Citarella, Kings, Fairway and Whole Foods.
Good news for the gotta-have-it-now crowd. Luxury e-retailer Net-A-Porter has expanded their same-day delivery service to Connecticut. Previously available to shoppers in New York City and the Hamptons only, now customers in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport have been granted access to the company’s premier team, who can arrange delivery for orders placed by noon.“Same-day delivery allows us to extend our high level of customer service one step further, providing the Net-A-Porter customer with greater flexibility in her otherwise busy life,” says Heather Kaminetsky, VP of Global Marketing. “We understand that things come up last minute and it is not always feasible to wait for next-day shipping or make it into a store before day’s end.” So what are you waiting for? That shopping cart full of items could be on your doorstep by dinnertime.
Above: A residential setup styled with vintage pieces at Club Monaco Greenwich
Club Monaco aims to redefine the shopping experience. With a series of individually tailored stores, the company has focused on incorporating non-branded products to sell alongside its apparel and accessories. For an interior that feels more like an incredibly chic home than a clothing boutique, high-end flea market finds are layered with the label’s fashionable staples in a setting that combines modern design elements and traditional architectural details.
At the Greenwich location, customers will find hand-sourced silver trays, crystal glassware and ornate mirrors, among other treasures. “These are the objects that we love and that surround and inspire us every day,” says Caroline Belhumeur, creative director and SVP of women’s designs.
And for the true collectors, a vintage case houses coveted classics like Chanel bags, Hermès scarves and watches by Rolex and Cartier. The luxe pieces feel right at home–and you will, too–in the welcoming rooms of the transformed space.